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Uber in trouble for failing to investigate drunken drivers

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California regulators imposed $1.13 million in fines on Uber for failing to investigate user reports of drivers who were working while under the influence. The state Public Utilities Commission’s Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division (CPED) claims Uber breached the agency’s zero-tolerance...

Will California’s New, Bigger SGIP Subsidy Accelerate Energy Storage—Just As The CSI Drove Solar?

There's a new and bigger renewables subsidy now in effect in California, unanimously approved last week by the Public Utilities Commission, that has the potential to light up the energy storage market. The Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) has been boosting distributed energy in California for years. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Echols has made a career of pushing for equal access to services

The gig: Elizabeth Echols, 56, is director of the state Office of Ratepayer Advocates, the agency that represents consumers before the California Public Utilities Commission. She oversees 147 engineers, economists and financial experts who work for low utility rates for consumers. The Boston native...

Energy Jobs: Bring California Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Federal Scientists and Climate Experts

Last week, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) President Michael Picker handed out flyers in front of the D.C. offices of the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. The flyers pointed to a webpage with dozens...Show More Summary

Remember when Rick Perry tried to poach Tesla? California is returning the favor with his climate scientists

“Payback’s a bitch, Secretary Perry.” That’s what I imagine California Gov. Jerry Brown chortling to himself over the news that his Public Utilities Commission president is heading to D.C. to recruit climate scientists at the federal agency the former Texas governor now runs. Rick Perry famously...

TODAY’S STUDY: California’s Plan To Transform Its Energy System

California’s Distributed Energy Resources Action Plan: Aligning Vision and Action November 10, 2016 (California Public Utilities Commission) Introduction The California Legislature recently enacted legislation to further California’s deep commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and deploying distributed energy resources. Show More Summary

Art Rosenfeld, ‘Godfather’ of Energy Efficiency, Dies at 90

Arthur H. Rosenfeld, an energy pioneer often referred to as the "Godfather of Energy Efficiency," passed away at age 90 in Berkeley, California late last week. Speaking on behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, Commissioner Carla Peterman said, “Art was a true champion for energy efficiency, science, and improving the planet. Show More Summary

Gov. Brown Appoints New Public Utility Commissioners to Replace Florio and Sandoval

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed environmental policy experts Martha Guzman Aceves and Clifford Rechtschaffen to the California Public Utilities Commission, replacing commissioners Michael Florio and Catherine Sandoval whose six-year...Show More Summary

Gov. Jerry Brown selects two top advisors for spots on the California Public Utilities Commission

Essential Politics: Harris adds new Senate staffers, Brown pardons felons for Christmas Dec. 28, 2016, 12:25 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Sen.-elect Kamala Harris continues to add key staff before...

CPUC considering modifications to San Onofre nuclear deal

In a ruling made just before the close of business hours Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) directed Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to meet with groups critical of a 2014 agreement that calls on utility ratepayers to shoulder about 70 percent of...

Becerra urged to step up investigation of utilities commission

SACRAMENTO — Bay Area elected officials are calling on Rep. Xavier Becerra, named by Gov. Jerry Brown to be the state’s attorney general, to prioritize a criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission. Sen. Jerry...Show More Summary

State lawmakers call on Becerra to keep up probe of Public Utilities Commission when he takes office

Essential Politics: State treasurer seeks help for pot businesses using cash, politics podcast digs into the choice for attorney general Dec. 2, 2016, 12:29 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: State Treasurer...

Appeals court clears the way for new power plant in Carlsbad

It looks like the $2.2-billion, 558-megawatt Carlsbad Energy Center power plant will get built. The 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled late Thursday that it would defer to the California Public Utilities Commission, whose members voted 4 to 1 in May 2015 to approve a contract...

Tesla Wins Contract For Largest Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Installation In World — 20MW/80MWh Powerpack Installation For Southern California Edison Mira Loma Substation

As a result of the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak earlier this year, and the facility’s subsequent closure, the California Public Utilities Commission mandated (in May) an accelerated procurement for energy storage in order to avoid potential electricity shortfall issues and rolling blackouts. Show More Summary

Appeals court agrees to review PUC approval of Carlsbad power plant

A state appeals court has agreed to review a controversial California Public Utilities Commission decision to greenlight a proposed $2.2-billion power plant in Carlsbad. Opponents of the natural gas-fired Carlsbad Energy Center celebrated the news, hoping that it would boost the chances of stopping...

Aliso Canyon shutdown jolts utilities to push energy storage plans

Fewer than four months ago, the still-emerging energy storage industry faced a big challenge. With the Aliso Canyon natural gas field essentially out of commission after a massive leak, the California Public Utilities Commission called on Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to...

Big Changes Proposed for Demand Response in California

California regulators have released a plan that could radically change the way demand response is managed in the state. In an Aug. 30 proposed decision (PDF), the California Public Utilities Commission laid out a path for fuel-firedShow More Summary

Even after reforms, the state's energy regulator can still have private meetings with utility companies

For years, state lawmakers have been trying to crack down on private meetings between utility companies and members of the California Public Utilities Commission after revelations that top officials and industry executives had frequent dinner dates, shared talking points and even sketched out details...

PG&E files plan to shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

A joint proposal calling for the shutdown of California’s lone remaining nuclear power plant was formally submitted by Pacific Gas & Electric to the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. A number of environmental organizations and labor unions joined PG&E in the proposal to close...

Overhauling the embattled Public Utilities Commission

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Sex crimes, marijuana, ridesharing and the other biggest issues we're following through the California Legislature Aug. 10, 2016, 6:03 p.m. California lawmakers are weighing scores of bills in the last weeks of the legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. We're following 10 of the biggest issues...

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